I was digging around Technorati looking for something to blog about and I put in “WordPress Tips”, a fairly innocuous tag that I was hoping would generate a bunch of interesting tidbits for me to bring to your attention to help you with WordPress.
Well, thank goodness for David Esrati of Blogosopher. Without him, all you would find for many, many pages is just Lorelle on WordPress articles. Gees, isn’t anyone else out there writing WordPress Tips?
|Correction: Just after writing this, Technorati changed their entire interface, adding “related tag search results” to tag listings. There are now more posts in the “WordPress Tips” Technorati results, but still, not enough. And not all are really tips for WordPress, just posts with “WordPress” and “tips” in their keywords. We need more WordPress Tips articles out there, so let this not deter you!|
Actually there are, but they are under different combinations of the phrase “WordPress Tips”. But when you do a search for “WordPress Tips” on Technorati, it brings up the explore “WordPress Tips” page, and David and I are all alone there, awaiting your company. I also need more company on WordPress.com WordPress Tips.
Your Blogging Challenge this week is to write a WordPress Tip. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to be programming-code-from-hell technical, but it could if you are into such things.
Share some tip you have about how you use WordPress. Something you did to modify how it works, or how you make it work for you without modification or customization. You can dig into the WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Widgets, the new WordPress.com Sandbox customizable Theme, PHP, conditional tags, template files, template tags, or something as simple as how to write a post, including images, video, music, podcasts, or screencasts.
Or have fun and write a WordPress Tip about how you blog with WordPress through your handheld computer or cell phone. Review a WordPress Theme or Plugin. Anything. It could be as simple as an article on how to get help using WordPress.
If you want, include screenshots, screencasts (video), and other techniques to help people understand how WordPress works and how you work with WordPress. Get as creative as you want. You don’t have to write a WordPress manual, I just don’t want to be alone under WordPress Tips on Technorati.
Come on, it’s part of our purpose as bloggers to help others, and what better way to help them than to help them use WordPress better.
To get onto the WordPress Tips list on Technorati, make sure you include a tag to “WordPress Tips”. You can use the following examples or permutations thereof (or use them all to get the most coverage) in the post text or at the bottom of your post, or wherever:
<a href="/index.php?s=wordpress+tips" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="/index.php?s=wordpress%20tips" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="http://example.wordpress.com/index.php?s=wordpress+tips" title="Site Search for WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="http://wordpress.com/tag/wordpress-tips/" title="Wordpress.com Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/wordpress+tips" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/wordpress-tips" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
<a href="http://www.technorati.com/tag/wordpress%20tips" title="Technorati Tag - WordPress Tips" rel="tag">WordPress Tips</a>
Then keep an eye on the Explore Technorati “WordPress Tips” page and let’s see if we can get a bunch of great WordPress tips added to Technorati to help WordPress bloggers everywhere.
Oh, make sure you put a trackback or post a link to your WordPress Tip article here in the comments so we can learn more about how you use and abuse WordPress.
WordPress Tips Articles
Within a very short time of publishing this challenge, the WordPress tips started rolling in. There are some brilliant folks out there doing great things with WordPress and they are eagerly sharing their WordPress wisdom with their fans and us. Here are some of the WordPress tips I’ve gotten trackbacks on. Keep them coming and watch this list grow!
- RSS Sidebar Widget on Adding Netflix and Last.fm Feeds from Do Not Cross
- Photoblogging Tips with Lifeblog by Cornell Finch
- A Tip for Thumbnail Images in WordPress by Money Shots
- A Collection of tips for WordPress.com blogs by The Nameless Blog
- My WordPress Blogging Tips on Writing Posts on WordPress from Mandarine
- WordPress Tips for Technorati Links by KeyTekK.net (Hebrew)
- Setting Up WordPress on GoDaddy by My Paradox (Hebrew)
- Flickr Album WordPress Plugin and Moving WordPress Tips by Third Owl
This is just one of a series of ongoing blogging challenges. So far, you’ve been challenged to to:
- Tell Us a Story
- Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog
- Blog About What You Know
- Who Is Linking To You?, Who is Writing Your Blog
- Blogging Challenge: Describe Your Blogging Audience
- Testing Your Blog Clicking Experience
- WordPress Tips Articles
- Technorati Tag Bookmarklet for WordPress and WordPress.com Users
- Tags and Tagging in WordPress
- Categories versus Tags – What’s the Difference and Which One?
- The Problems With Tags and Tagging
- The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin
- Helping the Ultimate Tag Warrior Work with Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins
- Playing Tag With WordPress
- Link Referrals – Linking to Site Search Tags
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